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The Origins of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece

The Origins of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece

Thomas Cole
3.2/5 (4 ratings)
Is it fair to judge early Green rhetoric by the standards of Plato and Aristotle? In The Origins of Rhetoric in Anceint Greece, Thomas Cole argues that it is not; yet this is precisely the path taken by current scholarship on the subject.

Arguing against this view, Cole sees early Greek rhetoric as largely unsystematic efforts to explore, more by example then by precept, all aspects of discouse. Replacing these early texts by such treatises as the Rhetoric of Aristotle, Cole explains, can only be understood as part of a gradual process, as artistic prose came to be disseminated in written texts and so available in a form that, for the first time, could be analyzed, evaluated, and closely imitated.
Language
English
Pages
208
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Release
April 01, 1995
ISBN
0801851181
ISBN 13
9780801851186

The Origins of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece

Thomas Cole
3.2/5 (4 ratings)
Is it fair to judge early Green rhetoric by the standards of Plato and Aristotle? In The Origins of Rhetoric in Anceint Greece, Thomas Cole argues that it is not; yet this is precisely the path taken by current scholarship on the subject.

Arguing against this view, Cole sees early Greek rhetoric as largely unsystematic efforts to explore, more by example then by precept, all aspects of discouse. Replacing these early texts by such treatises as the Rhetoric of Aristotle, Cole explains, can only be understood as part of a gradual process, as artistic prose came to be disseminated in written texts and so available in a form that, for the first time, could be analyzed, evaluated, and closely imitated.
Language
English
Pages
208
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Release
April 01, 1995
ISBN
0801851181
ISBN 13
9780801851186

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